• Expanding Mental Health Services at Anne Arundel Medical Center

    Addressing the Need

    Few health care needs are more misunderstood and poorly addressed in the U.S. than those involving mental health. Anne Arundel County is no exception. According to the county’s Community Health Needs Assessment, mental health is one of the highest health care priorities.

    In 2018, the Maryland Health Care Commission approved Anne Arundel Medical Center to establish a 16-bed mental health hospital for adults. AAMC will build the hospital on the campus where it operates Pathways, a substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment facility, offering comprehensive services at a single location.

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    J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center Timeline

    The Right Treatment, The Right Time

    J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center TimelineThe new mental health hospital is part of AAMC’s efforts to increase mental health services. AAMC’s goal is to offer the right treatment at the right time, and require inpatient admissions only when necessary for the patient. When complete, the campus will provide:

    • Inpatient mental health care
    • A psychiatric partial hospitalization program
    • Intensive outpatient programs
    • Residential and outpatient substance use services
    • Referral and care coordination to community-based treatment and support services

    AAMC currently provides many of these services in locations throughout the county. Offering a full spectrum of services at one location will allow for coordinated care and better outcomes.

    Expanding Access

    The number of Anne Arundel County residents seeking mental health services continues to climb. In 2017, AAMC’s Emergency Department provided more than 4,000 mental health consults and transferred about half of those patients to mental health units outside Anne Arundel County.

    AAMC’s mental health hospital will double Anne Arundel County’s inventory of mental health beds and serve up to 900 patients a year who would otherwise be transferred out of the area.

    Community Partnerships and Support

    This project has widespread community support, including hospitals, physicians, mental health organizations, elected officials, faith-based organizations, community organizations, and AAMC’s boards, physicians, staff and volunteers.

    AAMC Foundation business and professional leaders have pledged to raise $10 million to support both capital and programmatic costs of this project. For more information on how to get involved, contact the AAMC Foundation at 443-481-4745 or bwalsh@aahs.org.

    About the McNew Family

    The McNew Family has been connected to AAMC for nearly 50 years. The late Nancy McNew was an AAMC nurse from 1970 to 2006, working first as a cardiac care nurse and then as the first nurse leader of Infection Control. Nancy taught in Anne Arundel General Hospital’s School for Practical Nurses from 1970 until the school closed. She was a highly valued nursing educator and those who graduated from the school credit her for their becoming great nurses.

    Kent McNew has been a steadfast supporter of AAMC for more than thirty years. He also served on the health system’s Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2012.

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